Lavender is one of those scents that everybody knows.
REAL, medicinal, super high quality lavender, though, is NOT something most people have experienced. Poor quality or “imitation” lavender is added to so many things (think soaps, detergents, baked goods, even lemonade!) that it’s easy to hate her without really knowing her! I know I felt this way before experiencing real, pure, unadulterated, therapeutic grade lavender.
The “smell” in bath soaps for example (or even in the cheap, poor quality lavender sold as an “essential oil” from the local health food store) would give me a headache and do anything BUT relax me. It’s safe to say that lavender was not one of my favorites and I did not really see the use for her at all!
But that is precisely why real and PURE lavender is so amazing (Young Living sells the species Lavandula angustifolia). She is everything that cheap lavender is not. Gentle but direct; potent but not overwhelming. She does calm and relax some people, and she energizes others. Just depends on you.
I’ve used lavender for headaches, for allergies (admittedly I am still getting used to the intensity of a few drops directly in my mouth), asthma, for burns, for bruises, for sunburn, for cuts and scratches. I’ve used her for emotional “grounding” when I have felt scattered. She is THE most “common” essential oil, with the most varied amount of uses possible in a household full of adults, kids and dogs.
Pregnancy-wise, I have used lavender in a peri bottle with water as a vaginal rinse (in my 3rd pregnancy I was GBS positive and this was one of the ways I chose to naturally “treat” myself). Dare say I also have used it for some pesky hemorrhoids (in pregnancy and after) when mixed into some coconut oil. And because lavender relaxes some so well, she may also be used for encouraging a relaxed blood pressure reading, even in labor, when applied to the pulse points.
Lavender is just that soothing, and that healing to even the most sensitive areas of the body. Because of her gentle nature, lavender is also one I would not hesitate to use on a baby, especially a newborn.
I have used lavender on the scalp (again, in coconut oil) to combat “cradle cap” (lavender is an awesome anitfungal), and just on the bottoms of baby feet for calming and even immune support. All essential oils are essentially antimicrobial, but Lavender seems extra appropriate for this use on a new baby.
Plus, who doesn’t like the smell of a newborn baby that’s been rubbed and loved with a little lavender? (I’ve also used a couple drops of lavender in the washing machine with cloth diapers, and it seems to help clean along with smelling really great.)
When I think lavender, I do think “purple” and all that words and descriptions that might come with that. Deep, rich, varied and royal. This is one essential one that is a MUST HAVE in your household.
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